Some Airlines Jettisoning First Class Seats

Some Airlines Jettisoning First Class Seats

Global austerity has lead some airlines to chuck first class seats out the air lock. [More]

DOT To Airlines: Sorry, But People Like To Change Their Underwear

DOT To Airlines: Sorry, But People Like To Change Their Underwear

The United States Department of Transportation has finally warned airlines: Most people don’t like to go for more than 24 hours without brushing their teeth and changing their underwear.

RyanAir To Liven Up Emergencies With Exciting New Escape Fees!

RyanAir To Liven Up Emergencies With Exciting New Escape Fees!

RyanAir’s toilet tax may not be the company’s worst idea after all, as reader Geoffrey reminds us with this mockup showing several potential fees the budget Irish carrier may well be considering.

Please Don't Watch Porn On Planes

Please Don't Watch Porn On Planes

Yes, it needs to be said because flight attendants are worried that some people don’t know not to watch porn while flying next to strangers. American Airlines flight attendants even want porn sites blocked on flights offering WiFi access.

Airlines Have Bumped 343,000 Passengers This Year

Airlines Have Bumped 343,000 Passengers This Year

Over a quarter-million passengers were bumped from flights in the past eight months, a number that is set to grow as airlines try to boost anemic profits by slashing fleets. The Department of Transportation requires airlines to compensate bumped passengers with cash or vouchers, but savvy passengers can leverage their situation to negotiate heftier payments…

http://consumerist.com/2007/12/21/30-sites-to-find-cheap/

30 sites to find cheap airline tickets. We’ve heard of most of these places but some are new to us. [Travelhacker]

PointMaven Uncovers Superior Hotel Reward Offers

PointMaven Uncovers Superior Hotel Reward Offers

The makers of MileMaven.com, a utility to compare airline reward offers, have expanded their offerings to include PointMaven.com, a utility to compare hotel reward offers. PointMaven displays offers from several conspicuously named hotel reward programs, including the Best Western Gold Crown Club, Choice Privileges, Hyatt Gold Passport, and Intercontinental Hotels Priority Club. Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, and TripRewards are in beta testing, and compatibility with Hilton HHonors and Radisson Gold Points Plus is “coming soon.”

Southwest Raises Fares $10

Southwest Airlines raised fares as much as $10 each way over the Thanksgiving weekend. This will be the 5th price hike this year for the discount carrier. Southwest faces rising fuel and labor costs that are only going to get worse.

Man’s Airline Complaint Resolved (What a Juicy Headline)

Man’s Airline Complaint Resolved (What a Juicy Headline)

Unfortunately for us, Dave went through the airport yesterday. After a surly customs agent behaved in an uncouth, yet ironic (situationaly speaking) manner, he called customs to complain.

PriceHacks: Apple and Orange Your Airline Tickets with Flyspy

PriceHacks: Apple and Orange Your Airline Tickets with Flyspy

Flyspy is a new search engine with the potential to revolutionize the way you shop for airline tickets.

How Many Posts are Yakking about DRM?

How Many Posts are Yakking about DRM?

Does the glut of DRM drama have you reaching for the dramamine? As the chart below illustrates, you’re not crazy, lots and lots of people are talking about it. Here’s a graph of DRM mentions over the past year by post count.

The Secret Life of Jetblue Miles

mile redemption phone system, as there’s no online version, getting told by the phone system that call volume was too high and they should visit the website, waiting on hold for over thirty minutes, and speaking with multiple reps over two days, they wrenched out quite a few hidden details. Among them:

DOT Releases ’05 Customer Complaint Roundup and a Peculiar Definition of ‘On-Time’

DOT Releases ’05 Customer Complaint Roundup and a Peculiar Definition of ‘On-Time’

revealing intriguing trends in the various ways airlines screwed up last year.